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City Hall

Darling Street, Cape Town Central, South Africa
+27 21 465 2029
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Darling Street, Cape Town Central, South Africa
+27 21 465 2029
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

City Hall is a marvellous work of Architecture holding historical significance for Cape Town. Three years ago on our previous visit to the city, we had walked up to the first floor balcony for good views of a Parade taking place on the street below...More

Thank Ashley A
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This massive edifice, with its elegant facade, was built in a grandiose style in 1905 from, honey-colored limestone imported from Bath, England, and is typical of the town halls that populate the British Empire. It is best known for its balcony on which Nelson Mandela...More

Thank CJW913
Reviewed 12 October 2017

Beautiful building with lots of history. Mandela' gave his first speech here in 1990 after serving 27 years in prison. The Parade grounds are across the street. Vendor stalls here. Stop and take a few pictures and then continue on to the Castle of Good...More

Thank xfooey
Reviewed 15 September 2017

This is an historic stop along most walking tours. There is little to see inside but if the walls could talk, the story is in the area around the outside of the building and things that have taken place there

Thank Tim R
Reviewed 24 July 2017

Famous as the place where Nelson Mandela gave his first speech after being released from prison. If you view old video it appears he is very high above the crowd. However, the balcony is on the first floor. Probably good to visit by history buffs.

Thank William J
Reviewed 13 May 2017 via mobile

This is definitely one of the most impressive buildings in town. It's architectural design is simply remarkable. Some parts are currently undergoing some renovations.

Thank TravelReviewer1983
Reviewed 23 February 2017

The building is quite European style. The architecture is magnificent. The tower clock is very catchy and makes you stop for a photo.

Thank Nins_12
Reviewed 8 December 2016

City Hall is a beautiful edifice which has witnessed many historic events. It is well worth visiting and appreciating its place in the importance of both the political and historical arena of the Mother City...

Thank Jane W
Reviewed 22 November 2016

The building is a historic one, so it is to be expected to be somewhat rundown on the inside. The exterior is impressive and beautiful. Watched the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra and it sure is the perfect venue for such an occasion. Was worried about...More

Thank LounaLam
Reviewed 7 November 2016

Once more we visited the Cape Town City Hall for one of its wonderful Concerts. The Gala Concert with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra with its guest conductor and solo pianist Howard Shelley. What an event! Howard Shelley is a world class conductor and pianist....More

Thank Panasonic99
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